Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton cannot make their cross-country migration with the speed or ease of their beloved birds, but the pair has brought at least as much enthusiasm and determination to an epic four-year, 24,000-kilometre hike along the Great Trail.
Determined to inspire youth to connect with nature through birding, the Richmond and Morton left their jobs, sold their home and set out for a walk along the former Trans-Canada Trail, beginning at Cape Spear, N.L. in June of 2019. They plan to hike all the way to Victoria, B.C., before turning north from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., while documenting the entire journey on their blog and social media channels.
They were near North Bay, an estimated five to seven days from Sudbury, when reached by The Star on Thursday morning.
“A big goal of ours is to try and share what we’re seeing with people, to hopefully inspire them to learn about Canada and all of the amazing places and landscapes that are part of it,” Richmond explained. “We want to share as much as we can and learn as much as we can as we go.”